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25 Nov 2018

Leaving Certificate Examination 1965 Honours Applied Mathematics

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Question 1

Two pegs are fixed at points $A$ and $D$ in the same horizontal line. One end of a light string is attached to $A$ and the other end to $D$. When masses of $5$ and $9$ lb. are attached to points $B$ and $C$, respectively, on the string, the $\angle DAB = 30^\circ$ and $\angle ADC = 60^\circ$. Find the tension, in lb. wt., in each of the segments $AB$, $BC$, $CD$ of the string, correct in each case to one significant figure.

Question 2

Three particles weighing $w_1$, $w_2$, $w_3$ are placed, respectively, at points the coordinates of which are $(x_1,y_1)$, $(x_2,y_2)$, $(x_3,y_3)$. If $(\bar{x},\bar{y})$ are the coordinates of the centre of gravity of the system, show that

$\bar{x}=\frac{x_1w_1 + x_2 w_2 + x_3 w_3}{w_1+w_2+w_3}$, $\bar{y}=\frac{y_1 w_1 + y_2 w_2 + y_3 w_3}{w_1+w_2+w_3}$

Particles of weight $3$, $1$, $2$ and $4$ grams are placed, respectively, at the points $A$, $B$, $C$, $D$, the coordinate of which are $(2,5)$, $(2,1)$, $(4,1)$, $(6,8)$ respectively. Find the position of the centre of gravity of the system.

What additional weight must be placed at $B$ if the centre of gravity is required to be at the mid-point of $AC$?

Question 3

What is meant by the velocity of a particle relative to another particle?

Explain, with the aid of a diagram, how the velocity of $A$ relative to $B$ may be found if the velocities of $A$ and $B$ are known.

The velocity of a ship relative to a steady wind is $20$ m.p.h. in the direction $80^\circ$ North of East and the velocity of a boat relative to the same wind is $10$ m.p.h. in the direction $20^\circ$ South of West. Find the velocity (in magnitude and direction) of the ship relative to the  boat.

Question 4

A car weighing $15$ cwt. is descending an incline of $1$ in $112$. The speed of the car is $45$ m.p.h. and it is accelerating at the rate of $1\frac{1}{3}$ ft. per sec.$^2$. If the frictional resistance to motion is equivalent to $20$ lb. wt., find the horse-power at which the car is working.

If the car travels in a straight line on a horizontal track against a frictional resistance to motion of $50$ lb. wt., find the greatest speed it attains if it develops $9$ horse-power.

Question 5

If three forces acting at a point are in equilibrium, prove that each force is proportional to the sine of the angles between the lines of action of the other two forces. The perpendiculars drawn from the vertices of an acute – angled triangle meet at $O$. The perpendiculars from $O$ to the sides of the triangles are the lines of action of three forces. Each force acts away from $O$ and is proportional to the length of the side to which it is perpendicular. Prove that the three forces are in equilibrium.

Question 6

Derive an expression, in terms of the angle of projection and the initial velocity, for (i) the range, (ii) the greatest height reached by a projectile.

Two particles are projected from a point $O$ with the same initial velocity at angles of elevation $\alpha_1$ and $\alpha_2$. If $\alpha_1 + \alpha_2 = 90^\circ$, show that the range of each of the two particles is the same.

If the initial velocity of each of the particles if $48$ ft. per second and $30$ ft. is the greatest height reached by one of the particles, find the greatest height reached by the other particle.

Question 7

Define simple harmonic motion.

A particle is moving in a striaght line with simple harmonic motion. When it is $5$ cm. from its mean position, its velocity and acceleration are $5$ cm. per sec. and $5$ cm. per sec.$^2$, respectively. Find

(i) the greatest velocity of the particle,

(ii) the period of the motion,

(iii) the average velocity of the particle as it travels from rest to rest.

Question 8

A circular piece of tin rotates at the rate of $45$ revolutions per minute about an axis through its centre $O$, the axis being perpendicular to the plane of the tin. $A$ and $B$ are two poitns on the tin such that $OA=6$ inches, $OB=1$ ft. $6$ ins. and $\angle AOB=120^\circ$. Weights of $3$ lb. and $1$ lb. are placed, respectively, at $A$ and $B$. Find the magnitude and direction of the resultant centrifugal force on the axis.

If $C$ is a point on the tin such that $OC=1$ ft., $\angle AOC = 30^\circ$ and $\angle BOC = 150^\circ$, what weight must be placed at $C$ if the resultant centrifugal force is to act along $OA$?

Question 9

A vessel in the shape of a cube has internal edges each $2$ ft. long. A liquid fills the vessel to a height of $6$ inches and a second liquid which does not mix the the first occupies the remainder of the vessel. On each vertical side the total thrust on that part in contact with one liquid is equal to the total thrust on that part in contact with the other. Show that the specific gravities of the two liquids are in the ratio $1:3$.


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